Past Events

Wednesday 15th May 7.30pm

Gatehouse Local History Group

Local and Visiting Artists: Gatehouse in Scottish Art
A talk by David Steel


Friday May 10th 2024

Concert : The Ando Glaso Collective

Join us for an evening of traditional Roma music and culture

The Ando Glaso Collective, funded by Creative Scotland, actively promotes Roma musical heritage in Scotland by forming a professional orchestra of Roma musicians. This unique ensemble, comprising talents from Romanian, Polish, Slovak, Czech, and Hungarian Roma communities, not only revisits traditional roots but also pushes the boundaries of musical innovation. As an established project, it goes beyond mere artistic expression, aiming for the celebration and global recognition of Roma culture. Through their role as Artists In Residence in Glasgow, extensive community engagement, and performances across the UK and at prestigious festivals, the Collective strives to integrate Roma music into the mainstream, challenging stereotypes and fostering a deeper appreciation of Roma contributions to the cultural landscape.

Thursday May 9th 2024

Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman aka Ambrose Parry

In association with The Bakehouse Community Arts

VOICES OF THE DEAD – Ambrose Parry: The fourth Raven and Fisher mystery

Ambrose Parry is the penname for two very different authors – the internationally bestselling and multi-award-winning Chris Brookmyre, and consultant anaesthetist of twenty years’ experience, Dr Marisa Haetzman.

Inspired by the gory details Haetzman uncovered during her History of Medicine degree, the couple teamed up to write a series of historical crime thrillers, featuring the darkest of Victorian Edinburgh’s secrets. They are married and live in Scotland.

A fan of this series since opener THE WAY OF ALL FLESH, it was a pleasure to step back in time with Ambrose Parry once again… Prepare to be mesmerised by the misdirection in this cleverly plotted crime thriller. The Scotsman.

Wed 27th September 2023   7.30pm

Gatehouse Local History Group

We need Water! Powering the Gatehouse Mills

An informal talk by Geoff Keating on the fascinating story of the 18th century engineering system of tunnels and lades that brought water to power the mills and businesses in Gatehouse.

We hope the audience will join in with stories and perhaps family connections to the engineering and use of the water system.

Refreshments will be provided by The Mill.

Tue 19th September 2023   9am – 3.30pm

Public Forum: Towards a European Dry Stone Cultural Route

Strategies for sustainable tourism and local development

The Gatehouse Development Initiative is one of seven Europe wide partners preparing a Council of Europe Heritage route based on our common dry stone heritage.

Join us at the Mill on the Fleet to hear from our partners and international experts on the development of the project.

Friday, 15th September 2023

The unheard composer:
MICHAEL HAYDN (1737-1806)

An illustrated talk by Peter Marks

Michael Haydn, in full Johann Michael Haydn, (1737 – 1806), one of the most accomplished composers of church music in the later 18th century. He was the younger brother of Joseph Haydn.

During his lifetime Michael Haydn was considered a better composer of church music than his brother. Of the many masses he wrote, Missa a due cori (also known as Missa Hispanica; 1786) is an outstanding work for orchestra and vocal soloists, and his Requiem of 1771 influenced Mozart’s own famous Requiem of 1791. Haydn also wrote numerous symphonies, divertimenti, and other secular compositions. 

He was an intimate friend of Mozart (who wrote his violin-viola duos to fulfil a commission Haydn was too ill to complete). After his death, Michael Haydn’s reputation suffered a long eclipse, and it was not until after World War II that his merit was again recognized.

Tickets £5 online, from the Mill Bookshop, or on the door.

Friday 18th August  7.30pm
Katharine Durran – Chopin Recital

Katharine Durran read Music at  Cambridge and at the Royal College of Music. Her many recordings with singers have been highly acclaimed and her debut solo album was a much praised recording of the complete Toccatas of J.S.Bach.  As the commissioner of new works for solo piano and for ensembles she has performed numerous premières on BBC Radio 3 and on television.


Bb major Op.7 No.1
A minor Op.17 No.4
Ab major Op.24 No.3
A minor Op.59 No.1
G minor Op.67 No.2
A minor Op.68 No.2

Ballade in G minor Op.23

Berceuse Op.57

Barcarolle Op.60

Db major Op.64 No.1
C# minor Op.64 No.2

Grande Valse Brillante  Op.18

The Bakehouse ‘Out and About’

Thursday 22 June  7.30pm

Love Songs of World War Three

A tribute to Adrian Mitchell

A cabaret set performed by Sasha Mitchell and Pete Moser

An energetic tour through the miraculous songs of Adrian Mitchell.

From the fun of FINE FINE FINE from the Raising of the Titanic to the lyricism of MARIE LLOYD from Mind your Head. Remember the harsh days of Chile in the great song VICTOR JARA OF CHILE and laugh at the political humour of Bad Friday.

Sasha and Pete toured with Adrian around the UK on numerous occasions and now here they are out on their own singing and playing and bringing the power and humour of Adrian’s lyrics to The Mill on the Fleet !

‘Sasha Mitchell and Pete Moser made the night explode with songs and poems of Sasha’s father, Adrian Mitchell – joy and punchiness and then more joy!’  Charlie Gracie

Saturday 24th June  10.30am – 12 noon
Sunday 25th June  10am – 12 noon

The Biosphere’s Most Wanted

Most Wanted is a project running right across the Biosphere’s 5,200km² region, aiming to track six key native species that are lacking local records or in need of continual monitoring: red squirrel, wych elm, grayling butterfly, swift, adder, and Nursehound (a catshark whose egg cases can be found washed up on the coast). The Ochiltree event will give an overview of these species, how to identify them, and how to record sightings using a mobile phone. The session includes an interactive workshop on using the iNaturalist app.

The following day, Sunday 25 June, from 10am to 12noon, Peter Norman from SWSEIC will lead a walk at Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR, demonstrating how to record wildlife using a range of techniques. No booking is required, simply meet at the NNR Visitor Centre car park, Dromore Farm, DG7 2BP. Bring suitable outdoor clothing for a walk on rough tracks/paths.

Talk: Shops and Shopping in Gatehouse 100 years ago

David Steel
Thursday 27th April : 7.30pm
This event was recorded.

Music: Gentle Jazz

Friday 14th April 2023 : 7.30pm

Gentle Jazz is a group of mature Dumfries and Galloway performers with many concerts in the region under its belt. Our programmes feature the ‘greats’: the well-loved songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin from the 1920s and 30s, together with the occasional ‘novelty’ from the 1960s. Our style is mainly 60s ‘bebop’ jazz, with a little bossanova and fusion (not to mention some audience participation) here and there. We aim to provide good entertainment whilst avoiding excessive din at all costs!

29 October 2022  2-4pm

Plastic Hoard Creative Workshop

Museum of the Future Now – Workshop

Join the Museum of the Future Now team in a hands-on workshop to create the stories behind an exciting new exhibition for Dumfries and Galloway. We’ll be exploring the future of plastic and based on the Galloway Hoard, we will be creating The Plastic Hoard exhibition which will contain objects from a museum set in the future. You’ll have the chance to see the objects and create the stories behind them. You’ll decide what they were and how they ended up in the The Plastic Hoard. You’ll just need to bring yourself and your imagination!

Organised by The Solway Firth Partnership

27 October 2022  7.30pm

Graeme Stephen: Nosferatu

Award winning guitarist and composer Graeme Stephen has been breathing new life into classic early cinema with his Silent Film Scores.

FW Murnau’s 1922 classic German silent film Nosferatu is arguably the most frightening of all Dracula adaptations and Graeme’s score won Scottish Jazz’s Innovation Award 2013.

Gatehouse Station 1965
21 October. 2022 7.30pm

Piano Recital by Katharine Durran

Katharine will be playing a programme of Liszt (Transcendental Study Harmonies du Soir), Schubert (Four Impromptus D.899), Beethoven (Moonlight Sonata) and Bach-Busoni (D minor Chaconne).
October 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd 2022: 11am-3.30pm

Connecting Cairnsmore

Don’t miss an excellent opportunity to explore our local National Nature Reserve at Cairnsmore in the company of expert guides.
The new project organised by the Biosphere team and called ‘Connecting Cairnsmore’ will include a series of guided walks and talks focussing on the wonderful wild space of Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve. Set over four Saturdays in October and based at The Mill on the Fleet and up at Cairnsmore, local experts will lead the visits to this highly important National Nature Reserve, one of the core areas of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere.

10 September 2022

Gillebride MacMillan
Bàrdachd ’s `Orain bho Gillebrìde Mac a’ Mhaoilinn

Poems & Songs from Gillebride MacMillan  Bàrdachd ’s `Orain bho Gillebrìde Mac a’ Mhaoilinn

25 August 2022

‘Franz Joseph Haydn – The Visionary”

Talk – Peter Marks

Wigtownshire based speaker on musical history, Peter Marks, well known for his talks to the U3A and Music for All, will inspire us to explore the music of Haydn, an often underrated composer next to Mozart, but whose music combines passion and profundity with wit and exuberance.

Part of Gatehouse Music Society’s ‘Music in the Community’ Initiative

10 August 2022

Music for a Summer Evening

Concert by local musicians

Susan Smyth, David Howdle, Alice Howdle, David Potter, Angela Lawrence, Christina Montgomery

A lively and varied programme of vocal and instrumental music – from Byrd to Bridge and lots in between!

Vocal quartet, piano trio, flute and violin

Part of Gatehouse Music Society’s ‘Music in the Community’ Initiative

Friday 5 August 2022

Feis Rois

Drop-in concert

A FREE Event

The Ceilidh Trail is a paid summer job and professional development opportunity for outstanding young traditional musicians. Musicians between 16 and 25 spend the summer playing music, travelling throughout Scotland and beyond, and gain experience playing for just about every kind of gig under the sun!

Find out more here:

Wednesday 13 July 2022

‘If these composers had only written one work’ Selected Masterpieces
Talk – Geoff Keating

“I decided to focus on works of genius which in one way or another have changed the language of Western music, and have chosen “The birth of Opera” as my topic for 13th July. No special musical skills will be expected of the audience, though I’ll probably get you to sing a little!”

Part of Gatehouse Music Society’s ‘Music in the Community’ Initiative

Wednesday 29 June 2022

Vanessa Martin

A Lifetime in Nursing

Gatehouse-based Vanessa Martin introduces her new book, a heartwarming memoir of her life in the NHS from her beginnings as a trainee nurse in London. Vanessa pulls back the curtain on the bustling world of 60s London, and tells the remarkable story of finding her place within it.

Friday 17 June 2022  7.30pm

The Mill Winds

An evening of 19th and 20th century music for winds and piano with:

Heather MacEanruig & Nick Riley – flutes
Peter Hutchison – bassoons
Helen and Geoff Keating – piano

Including music by
Poulenc, Saint-Saens,
Rachmaninov, Rutter

In partnership with Gatehouse Music Society, Music in the Community Initiative.

20 May 2022  7.30pm

Piano Recital:  Martin Roscoe

Gatehouse Music Society – Fund Raising Concert

Beethoven Sonata in C minor Op.13 “Pathetique “

Schubert 2 Impromptus D.935 Nos. 3&4

Brahms 3 Intermezzi Op. 117

Liszt Sonetto del Petrarca 104

Liszt Legend No.2 St.Francis de Paule walking on the waves